Fit-out sector moves towards digital passports for skills and training

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Fit-out industry body, the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS), has launched a platform for the maintenance and monitoring of contractors’ competencies and training histories.

FIS is using the MyProPass platform, which allows individuals to store all of their certificates in one place and to share their training history with their employer or anyone else they grant access to.

Employers can link to individuals’ accounts, with their permission, to view and download their training history. They can also manage any training activity that requires a certificate through the platform, issuing a digital certificate directly to an individual’s account.

To support FIS members to meet the need to prove competence, FIS has negotiated a discount for organisations wishing to use MyProPass. According to FIS, “absolutely everything and anything can be stored digitally by individuals and organisations”.

Encouraging more and wider training

FIS chief executive Iain McIlwee said: “This is an exciting next step and builds out from core tools like CSCS. It is clear that better consistency is key to competence management, especially in a fast-moving sector like ours with an uber-flexible workforce – only around 30% of our trade workforce are in employment.

“MyProPass provides the ideal platform for us to start building digital competence passports. This is about more than the core qualifications, as it’s also about encouraging and recognising wider training activities and will offer more of a formal approach to developing and hopefully retaining people in our sector.

“This platform and the work we are doing around it gives us an opportunity to reset and focus not just on how we recruit, train and develop our workforce, but ultimately how we reward and encourage individuals, investing in the future of the people who are building our future.”

MyProPass CEO and co-founder, Pia Osseforth, said: “The power of data has a big role to play, and this can only be truly realised when skills gained through learning and work experience are detailed and captured digitally.

“As highlighted within the recent Building Safety Act, this is also becoming paramount for regulators in terms of assessing the competency of individuals working on projects.”

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